Meet CCA Hero, Elijah

Elijah Mott’s smile is a true definition of what joy looks like. It lights up his entire face and appears whenever he talks about this big brother Isaiah, his Chemo Pal mentor, Jack, or his favorite team on the planet, the Portland Trailblazers. This good-natured teenager loves playing video games, watching sports, and taking road… Read more »

Meet CCA Hero, Keaton

Keaton Traffie has earned the nickname “Courageous Keaton” by maintaining his spunky, playful attitude no matter how tough things get. He was first diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) at 11 months old and was diagnosed with a secondary cancer in 2014 when he was five. Although he’s spent most of his young life in… Read more »

Meet CCA Hero, Matt

Keep an ear out for Matt Pozsgai. This talented musician is about to record his first album, “Where it All Started,” with his group Fearless in the Fight. It’s a fitting description for Matt’s approach to cystic fibrosis, something he’s lived with since he was just four months old.  Music is a big part of… Read more »

Meet CCA Hero, Emma

There’s a poster that hangs on the door of Emma Aanderud’s hospital room that reads, “Cancer Sucks, But Life Doesn’t.” That’s a sentiment that this energetic, friendly teen has fully embraced throughout her treatment for acute myeloid leukemia (AML). Despite multiple rounds of chemotherapy and a bone marrow transplant, Emma has maintained her positive attitude… Read more »

Meet CCA Hero, Jayden

Jayden “J-Bear” Moore is a funny, quirky girl with a bright smile and a big heart. Tragically, her mother and twin sister died in the same car accident she was injured in; Jayden spent the better part of a year in the hospital recovering from her injuries. Today, this bubbly young lady is back on… Read more »

Meet CCA Hero, Jordyn

Jordyn is a kind, creative girl who dreams of being a scientist or a movie director. A real social butterfly, Jordyn has a large circle of pals and cherishes them all. “I love spending time with my friends,” she says. “We like to talk and do silly stuff.” In 2007, Jordyn was diagnosed with Emery-Dreifuss… Read more »

Meet CCA Hero, Joevanni

If I can see it, I can do it. If I just believe, there’s nothing to it. That’s a line from one of Joevanni’s favorite songs, “I Believe I Can Fly.” He sings it whenever he needs a lift during his treatments for aplastic anemia, which he’s been bravely fighting for almost three years. A… Read more »

Meet CCA Hero, Caoimhe

Little Caoimhe (pronounced KWEE-va), has a personality that sparkles just as brightly as her big blue eyes. Her family had recently moved to Portland from Dublin, Ireland when she was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL). A series of painful treatments followed—but even after weekly chemotherapy and 12 blood transfusions, little Caomhe is still always… Read more »

Meet CCA Hero, Nick

Nick Loring is a sweet, fun-loving kid who loves cheering on the Blazers, dancing, practicing martial arts and being a big brother to his siblings Makenzie, Haiden, and Liam. Since his acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) diagnosis in 2013, Nick has endured multiple rounds of chemotherapy, more than ten hospitalizations and intense physical therapy to help… Read more »

Meet CCA Hero, Nathalie

[Update] – Nathalie lost her battle with ASPS on October 10th, 2015. We celebrate her courage and grace and continue to honor her as a part of our CCA family. Brave. Strong. A fighter. These are words that are commonly used to describe Nathalie Traller, who has been battling a rare form of cancer called alveolar soft part… Read more »